New Saints Row announcement teased for Gamescom 2021

Saints Row developer Volition is teasing an announcement for Gamecom Opening Night Live.

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The Saints Row series is known for its over-the-top absurdity and parody of American culture. Developed by Volition, the action-adventure series has not seen a new mainline entry since 2013’s Saints Row IV, though that may be changing soon. Just days before Gamescom Opening Night Live, host Geoff Keighley and developer Volition are teasing a Saints Row-related announcement.

It was on August 20, 2021 that Gamescom Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley took to Twitter to tease the upcoming event. Keighley shared a tweet captioned “we are ‘Bossing’ it with our announcements this year.” The tweet contained a video of a brick wall with the word “rebooting” sprayed on it in graffiti. Beside the word, you can see the 3rd Street Saints logo. It’s fairly clear that this is alluding to some sort of new Saints Row project, likely a reboot.

If that cryptic post from Keighley isn’t convincing enough, the official Saints Row Twitter account replied with the suggestive eye emojis. The Volition Twitter account quoted the tweet with the same message, and has also changed its header to “rebooting” graffiti. It’s likely that the “bossing it” line from Geoff Keighley’s tweet is referring to the nickname “boss,” which several characters throughout the Saints Row series refer to the player as.

Gamescom Opening Night Live is guaranteed to be filled with announcements, and a new Saints Row game wouldn’t be far-fetched at all. The series hasn’t seen any action since the Gat out of Hell expansion in 2015, and now would be an excellent time to usher the series back in to a new generation. With how far off the deep end some of the sequels went, it also wouldn’t be surprising if publisher Deep Silver wanted a full reboot of the franchise. For everything coming out of Gamescom 2021, we’ve got you covered here on Shacknews.

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    August 20, 2021 7:45 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, New Saints Row announcement teased for Gamescom 2021

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      August 20, 2021 8:19 AM

      Let it die. There’s just nowhere to go after 4. They can make a whole new storyline/setting and put their brand of crazy in it.

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        August 20, 2021 9:26 AM

        Wish they'd make a Freespace spiritual successor :(

        Hell, I'd take a modern day Red Faction even though I never cared much for any of those games.

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        August 20, 2021 9:38 AM

        That they are speaking of rebooting (which after 3/4 would be completely possible without breaking continuity), so that could easily work.

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          August 20, 2021 9:39 AM

          it's really the only way forward after 4.

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            August 20, 2021 9:52 AM

            I mean, they could completely break continuity, reboot cleanly, but there's also the literal idea of rebooting based on the story's current place since currently everything's a simulation

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              August 20, 2021 9:56 AM

              I thought they broke out of the simulation?

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                August 20, 2021 11:19 AM

                They did, but they were still doing a lot of stuff in the simulation.

                More importantly, one of the endings of Gat Out of Hell has Johnny fixing everything and putting it back to normal, so there's definitely room there to justify an in-continuity reboot.

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        August 20, 2021 10:00 AM

        You lack imagination. Where is my Saints Row Fantasy game with Dragons? Where is Saints Row Star Citizen?
        That IP has room.

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      August 20, 2021 10:51 AM

      It's been confirmed this is a wholly new game, not a remake/remaster

      https://www.pcgamer.com/saints-row-reboot/

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      August 20, 2021 12:04 PM

      I'm going to repost this discussion of why Saints Row, as a franchise, is great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT03ezSnVL8

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      August 20, 2021 1:39 PM

      I'm going to be hopeful, Saints Row the Third was amazing and hoping they can get back to that.

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        August 20, 2021 4:28 PM

        3 was definitely the best - the right mix of trying to be serious (to have mission and story structure) with enough over-the-top moments.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94UdNGwWsts
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwbm3CvPsKQ

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          August 20, 2021 4:38 PM

          I thought it felt a little too torn between being serious and being wacky. That said, I still loved it, and it still has the best use of licensed music in any game ever.

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            August 20, 2021 4:45 PM

            Though this part of SR2... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK59n5E_ck4

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              August 20, 2021 5:12 PM

              That's pretty great, as are the various sing-along scenes with Pierce through the series. I give Holding Out for a Hero the edge due to the perfect context in which it's used.

              Also, this ties in with the video I posted above about how Saints Row is a sincere, if sometimes gently mocking, love letter to pop culture.

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      August 20, 2021 7:54 PM

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